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Poster: DeadDave50 Date: Jan 9, 2007 5:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: RIP "Sneaky"Pete

SAN FRANCISCO - “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow, a steel guitar prodigy who rose to fame as one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers, has died. He was 72.

Kleinow, who also worked in film as an award-winning animator and special effects artist, died Saturday at a Petaluma convalescent home near the skilled nursing facility where he had been living with Alzheimer’s disease since last year, his daughter Anita Kleinow said.

Burrito Bros had a lot of influence on my early years...
Some of the first music I ever played live was Burrito/Gram Parsons songs...

Time marches on and I feel older than normal..

RIP to all who influenced us and are gone......

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Poster: ganges Date: Jan 9, 2007 5:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP 'Sneaky'Pete

thanks for the message, I still like Gram P. and the early FBB a lot, for me Gram had such a soulful voice, different but in his intensity like Jerry, nothing to compare here. His recordings with Emmylou Harris from 72/73 are also really great, I think.

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Poster: Furthur Date: Jan 9, 2007 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP 'Sneaky'Pete

There is a movie playing on the IFC(independent film channel) called Grand Theft Parsons. It's the story of Phil Kaufman, Gram Parsons friend and road manager stealing his body and taking it to Joshua Tree to cremate it,as per Gram's request.It is somewhat of a comedy/drama and not as morbid as it may sound.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 9, 2007 11:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP 'Sneaky'Pete

With Johnny Knoxville. Plan to rent it ASAP. Is it good? I heard it sucked but that was another Jackass guy saying it so I didn't listen, going to watch it anyway just because it involves Gram ( I'm a huge fan )

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Poster: DeadDave50 Date: Jan 9, 2007 5:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP 'Sneaky'Pete

His obit:
Brothers guitarist, dies
LISA LEFF
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, a steel guitar prodigy who rose to fame as one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers, has died. He was 72.

Kleinow, who also worked in film as an award-winning animator and special effects artist, died Saturday at a Petaluma convalescent home near the skilled nursing facility where he had been living with Alzheimer's disease since last year, his daughter Anita Kleinow said.

"He was diagnosed about two years ago now and definitely didn't want to be left in a nursing home or anything like that," she said. "I think he made it in his head he didn't want to be there and found a way not to be."

During a musical career that spanned six decades, Kleinow helped define the country-rock genre in the late 1960s and 1970s by taking the instrument he had picked up as a teenager in South Bend, Ind., to California. His prowess with the pedal steel guitar influenced a generation of rock-and-rollers, including the Eagles, the Steve Miller Band and Poco.

Besides co-founding the Flying Burrito Brothers with the Byrds' Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons in 1968, he enjoyed a steady gig as a session musician, recording with such singer-songwriters as John Lennon, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell and bands as varied as the Bee Gees and Sly and the Family Stone.

Kleinow's last public performance was at a 2005 tribute concert in Parsons' memory. He played and recorded regularly with Burrito Deluxe, a band he founded in 2000 following the rebirth of alt-country music and fronted until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

His last recording with the group is scheduled to be released next month, said Brenda Cline, the band's manager.

"Americana circles will mourn his death," Cline said. "He is partially responsible for where the Americana market is today."

Before, during and after his steady run as a Burrito Brother, Kleinow won acclaim as an animator, special effects artist and director of commercials in the television and film industries. His credits ranged from the original "Gumby" series - he wrote and performed the theme music as well as designed cartoons - and the relaunched "The Twilight Zone" to the movies "Under Siege," "Fearless" and "The Empire Strikes Back."

He won an Emmy award in 1983 for his work on the miniseries, "The Winds of War."

Born August 20, 1934, in South Bend, Kleinow started playing the pedal steel guitar while listening to Grand Ole Opry broadcasts on the radio, his daughter said. A natural on the instrument, he got his first job playing on a radio program at age 16, she said.

"It was a God-given talent," Anita Kleinow said. "He fell in love with it and was immediately expert with it."

Kleinow did road construction and odd jobs in Michigan before he followed his dreams to Los Angeles, where he performed in clubs and eventually recorded with the Byrds. When Parsons and Hillman left the band to form the Flying Burrito Brothers, they asked Kleinow to join them.

Kleinow is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ernestine, his daughters Anita and Tammy, and three sons, Martin , Aaron and Cosmo.

Plans for a memorial service to be held in Joshua Tree later this month are pending.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jan 9, 2007 6:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP 'Sneaky'Pete

Thanks for the post, probably wouldn't make the mainstream press, but Pete was a giant talent. The Jackson Browne "For Everyman" LP has a great version of "Take it Easy" with a wonderful pedal steel segue into "Our Lady of the Well" that just melts it.

There's no question that Pete broke ground with Gram Parsons, and certainly set the example for the likes of Buddy Cage and Rusty Young of Poco.


RIP, Pete, we'll miss you.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jan 9, 2007 7:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP 'Sneaky'Pete

Actually it did make mainstream press. I just read about it on cnn.com before opening the Forum page.